Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday named five provisions of the 2010 health care law that they aim to defund during the annual appropriations process. The list includes grants for state-based health insurance exchanges, school-based health centers and primary care residency programs in teaching facilities.
Data on 9.2 million emergency department visits in California during 2007 revealed high rates of patients who left the ED without being seen, with percentages varying from 0% to more than 20%, according to facilities. Hospitals in communities with low income or poor health coverage as well as teaching hospitals, county-owned hospitals and trauma centers had higher patient departure rates compared with other health care facilities, the study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found.
A Staff Care survey of 105 health care executives found 85% hired locum tenens physicians in 2010 to supplement staff, up from 72% in 2009. Experts said a growing shortage of physicians played a key role in the uptick.